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Jan19

The Henrico Citizen invited each delegate and state senator whose district encompasses a portion of Henrico to provide their thoughts about the 2018 session. 

Jan18

One state senator’s impassioned speech in which she identified as a survivor of incest didn’t stop a Senate committee on Thursday from killing a handful of bills that proponents said would have increased access to abortions.

Votes fell along party lines on the bills, which covered topics including changing regulations applying to clinics that perform abortions and preventing women from having to report cases of rape or incest to law enforcement if they are receiving an abortion funded by the state.

Jan18
Caitlin Blunnie was in college when she was sexually assaulted by someone who she thought was a friend. She never spoke about it publicly other than a few of her close friends. In fact, Thursday morning in front of the Virginia Senate committee on Education and Health was the first time her story was told openly.

Blunnie told her story to show her support for Senate Bill 292, which was introduced by Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond. The bill would have repealed a current law that requires women who have become pregnant by rape or incest to report the assault to law enforcement before qualifying for state medical assistance for an abortion.

Jan18

In December 2016, then-Delegate McClellan was interviewed by The HistoryMakers, an  organization with the largest African American video oral history collection in the nation. Last week, they they returned to Richmond for a follow-up interview about Senator McClellan's transition from the Virginia House of Delegates to the Virginia Senate, the changing political landscape in Virginia, her legislative work, and the Virginia's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission and its African American Legislators and King in Virginia projects. 

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As we enter the last full week of committee meetings before crossover, the days at the General Assembly are getting longer. In this update, I report on my legislationi, the bills that have passed the Senate that I co-sponsored, and the call to action issued by African American women legislators, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and other leaders.

During the third week of the 2018 General Assembly Session, the Senate addressed a number of criminal justice reform measures. 

Week three of the 2018 General Assembly Session has ended, and February is right around the corner.